Sandor Varga is a name that pops up from time to time in Russia, and he always has some interesting things to say.
Known to be a close friend of Arsène Wenger, the football agent gave a lengthy interview to Sport-Express on Wednesday where, among other topics, he discussed Ahmed Musa’s struggles at Leicester City.
The Nigeria international, for whom the Foxes paid around £18m, failed to have the desired impact at King Power Stadium, known to fade in-out of his manager’s squads, and, after just two measly appearances (in which he scored two goals) for the first-team this season, has now returned to his former club, CSKA Moscow, on loan.
For Varga, selling Musa to Leicester was a ‘successful transfer’ for the Russian side, especially since they’ve now managed to bring him back, albeit temporarily, for free, even if they ‘would have been happy if Musa had succeeded in England’.
Why didn’t work out, though? He explained: “His high-speed qualities could allow him to play in the Premier League, but in another team. Perhaps that’s where his agent and the Leicester board made a mistake. Not Musa. Ahmed moved to Leicester when they weren’t in the most successful period. He didn’t fit their playing style”.
For Varga, the 25-year-old would probably have succeeded in a bigger club, ‘like Manchester City, Tottenham or Arsenal’, which is something that could still happen in the future, if he has another great spell at CSKA Moscow.
For now, however, Leicester will just have to monitor how he does during the second half of the season.